Sturridge desperate for leading role

It would be fair to say that Daniel Sturridge has flattered to deceive somewhat following his move from Manchester City several years ago. However, having now been with the Blues for three years, the 23-year-old claims that he wants to establish himself in the first team this term and get a good run of games under his belt.

Sturridge joined the Blues in the summer of 2009, after his contract with City expired. At the time, he was seen as an amazing talent and after experiencing a hugely successful loan spell with Bolton Wanderers during 2011, there were hopes that he could take such form into the Chelsea team. However, he has never really been given a prolonged opportunity in the first team, although this is something that he hopes will change in the near future.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the striker claimed that he is not fazed by the Blues’ recent signings and has stated that these new players will actually help him. He said, “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity as a striker since I joined Chelsea and hopefully this season will be the one where I can show what I can do there. Hopefully the manager will give me a chance. The club has bought very well. It’s important that we have players like Hazard who can make something happen out of nothing. It’s important that we play together on a regular basis so we gain an understanding.”

Sturridge will have certainly done his Chelsea chances the world of good following his performances in the Olympic Games. Despite being treated for meningitis only weeks before the tournament, Sturridge has impressed immensely and scored the only goal as Team GB made it to the quarter finals of the event. However, with the likes of Marko Marin, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Thorgan Hazard all transferring to Stamford Bridge during the summer, it remains to be seen if the player can shake of all of the attacking competition and cement a regular place in Roberto Di Matteo’s plans.